Larsen: Momentum on the Side of Our Economy, Need to Continue Expanding Opportunity for All

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement tonight in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

“Momentum is on the side of our economy. The unemployment rate is steadily dropping, more people have access to health care coverage, and families have more money in their pockets because of falling gas prices. The President made the case tonight that we must hold on to all of this progress for the middle class.

“But even with all of this good news, I know—and the President knows—there are still people who are struggling. We need to continue fighting for an economy that works for everyone so people have the opportunity to get a good education, to find good jobs, and to participate in their communities.

“The President mentioned the importance of a strong transportation infrastructure to create jobs and make sure businesses can get their products to market. Building up our roads, bridges, highways and transit systems is the best way I know to create jobs and a strong economic foundation for our region and our country. These investments will put people to work immediately, keep goods moving across our state, and improve safety for all of us. I am already working on a transportation agenda that will support economic growth in the Pacific Northwest.

“The President laid out his vision tonight for a stronger middle class. Congress must answer that plan with action. I am ready to get to work,” Larsen said.